Make 'less' behave like 'tail -f'.

less +F somelogfile
Using +F will put less in follow mode. This works similar to 'tail -f'. To stop scrolling, use the interrupt. Then you'll get the normal benefits of less (scroll, etc.). Pressing SHIFT-F will resume the 'tailling'.

By: adamm9
2009-02-19 14:33:46

What Others Think

just more confirmation that less is more
wwest4 · 656 weeks and 4 days ago
When using log files to troubleshoot, I like to use the following variation: less -W +F somelogfile Using -W highlights the first (unread) new line after any forward movement such as scrolling to the next page. Pressing SHIFT+CTRL+C (on windows) will put you back into normal mode Pressing SHIFT+F will resume the 'tailling' (as mentioned above) Pressing g will take you to the beginning of the file Pressing SHIFT+G will take you to the end of the file Pressing f will forward you one page Pressing b will take you back one page Pressing q will quit the program
wilmoore · 636 weeks and 4 days ago
Very nifty trick!
Karunamon · 511 weeks and 6 days ago
Alternatively, you can just type in a capital F at any point when using less. You don't have to start it with +F specified. Both ways are good, of course. :)
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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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